Ventura Theft Crime Defense Attorney

Work With A Defender Who Has 10+ Years Of Experience

For more than a decade, Mr. Welch has been aggressively defending the rights of individuals who have been accused of theft-related offenses in Ventura County, California. He is prepared to do the same for you.

If you are facing a criminal charge for any of the following, contact the Law Office of Christopher P. Welch today:

With the help of an experienced and aggressive Ventura theft defense lawyer on your side, you stand a better chance at having your charges dismissed, dropped, or reduced.

Fight your burglary and robbery charges in California!

The law defines burglary as breaking and entering into a private home or a place of business. Burglary offenses can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the events involved and the discretion of the District Attorney. A person can only be charged with burglary if it can be proven that he or she intended to commit a crime while inside the house, business, or motor vehicle.

The law defines robbery as an action that uses force, violence, or assault on the individual from whom the money, property or personal goods were stolen. As a felony offense, robbery can result in up to 15 years in prison for a person who is convicted. A higher sentence can be given when a weapon was involved in the act.

Defense for Petit Theft and Grand Theft Crimes

Theft crimes are broken down into two categories:

  • Petit theft crimes: Theft crimes that are worth no more than $300.
  • Grand theft crimes: Theft crimes that are worth more than $300.

Whether you've been accused of petit theft or grand theft, you will need a defense lawyer who can extensively research and develop the facts of your case. Mr. Welch has experience doing exactly this for theft crime cases of every degree, so contact the firm today to schedule a free case evaluation with Mr. Welch, a Ventura criminal defense lawyer who can help with your case.

Have more questions about theft offenses?

Take a look at some answers to commonly asked questions below:

What are the best strategies for theft defense?
To defend against your theft charges, we can try to refute the basic elements needed for the prosecution's case.

  1. You took something that belonged to someone else.
  2. You had complete control over the stolen item.
  3. The item was moved.

To be able to convict you, the prosecutor must be able to show that, without a doubt, you intended to steal or defraud the victim. We may be able to refute that on the grounds that you were impaired by drugs or alcohol, your mental state was compromised, or that the evidence was faulty.

Does the item that I was accused of stealing have to be tangible?
No. The item can also be intangible, like data or information; it is anything that leads to personal gain. Theft of data or information is actually very serious and can fall under federal jurisdiction.